HMS Montrose has visited Australia’s northernmost city, Darwin.
The frigate is the first Royal Navy warship to do so in a decade.
Commanding Officer Commander Conor O’Neill said in a release:
“It was a pleasure to host both the Royal Australian Navy and Northern Territory government onboard, giving us the opportunity to thank them for their support and hospitality, look back on the long mutual history of our navies and consider how exciting the future will be, with the Royal Australian Navy choosing to procure the Type 26 Frigate as the future workhorse of their fleet as the Hunter class.”
Having worked with New Zealanders, the Royal Navy say in the release that the visitors learned about the new Sea Ceptor air defence missile system – Montrose was one of the first ships in the Fleet to receive it – ahead of HMNZS Te Kaha and Te Mana being equipped with the missile system.
Having refuelled and topped-up on supplies, HMS Montrose has now left Australia bound for Singapore.
HMS Montrose is currently crossing the globe on her way to take up posting as the Royal Navy’s forward deployed frigate in the Persian Gulf. Since transiting the Panama Canal in November she has joined her Chilean sisters in a fleet review for the Chilean Navy’s bicentenary and spent Christmas at Easter Island.